Audio Unlimited has introduced its new Fone-Doc Hands-Free Speaker for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Fone-Doc eschews Bluetooth connectivity for a dock-based hands-free speaker solution, featuring a cradle on the right side, next to an NXT flat panel speaker that is used for audio playback—though nothing is shown as being connected to the iPhone’s headphone port. It can be mounted on an automobile’s visor using included metal clips, or placed on a table for stationary use. Other features include an automatic sleep mode, a 3.5mm input jack for connecting other audio devices, and automatic activation for inbound/outbound calls, or for media playback. The Fone-Doc Hands-Free Speaker for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $70.
Griffin Technology has introduced its new Elan Form Etch case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. This two-piece, snap-together case features open access to all ports and controls, a premium leather exterior that is bonded to an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, and Griffin’s EasyDock removable bottom cover for easier docking. Currently available at Apple retail stores in brown leather with an etched vintage pattern, the Elan Form Etch will soon be released in a number of additional colors and patterns and will also be available from Griffin’s website. It is priced at $35.
AGF has introduced its new Precision HSD Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS. This patented case offers protection for both the front and back of the phone using a two-sided hinged design, and features microfiber lining, an easy-to-open door, an AGF 180-degree swiveling belt clip, access to the headphone port, sleep/wake button, volume buttons, and ring/silent switch, and offers users the option to secure the phone with the screen facing in or out. AGF’s Precision HSD Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS is available now and sells for $35.
Zacuto has introduced its new ZGrip iPhone Jr., its more affordable, consumer version of the ZGrip iPhone Pro. Like the Pro, the ZGrip iPhone Jr. is a handgrip system meant to help iPhone 3GS users shoot more stable, professional-looking video. It features a handgrip with a thread on the bottom for attaching to a tripod, an iPhone cradle which is permanently attached to the handgrip, and a thread on top for mounting accessories such as a separate audio recorder or light. Zacuto’s ZGrip iPhone Jr. is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship in August for $69.
LUXA2, a division of PC component manufacturer Thermaltake, has introduced its new H1-Touch stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod classic. Made from brushed aluminum, the H1-Touch features a fully adjustable rotating cradle with six supports, adjustable from 45 mm to 72 mm to hold the iPhone, iPod touch, iPod classic, or other portable device. In addition, the stand itself features two Swarovski crystals embedded in the front. LUXA2’s H1-Touch stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod classic will be available in three weeks and will sell for $50.
Thought Out has introduced its new PED3-Bike mount for the iPhone and iPod touch. Built for motorcycles, bicycles or any other type of handle bar vehicles, the PED3-Bike combines the PED3-Bike-M mount with a bare iPhone, bare iPod touch or FORM holder, the latter of which is designed to accept both iPhone and iPod touch units while inside of protective cases. The mount itself provides a secure grip that adapts to 1-inch and 25mm diameter bars, and offers full device rotation. Thought Out’s PED3-Bike mount is available now for $32-$36 depending on model, while the Bike-M mount is available separately for $23 for owners of PED3 or NAJA King holders.
Kensington has unveiled its Nightstand Charging Dock for iPhone. Compatible with nearly all iPods but designed for the iPhone and iPod touch, the Nightstand Charging Dock is designed to charge the connected device while functioning to keep it in landscape mode, and works in concert with the company’s free Rise & Shine application, which turns the charging iPhone or iPod touch into an alarm clock, displaying the time in one of three formats, along with the date and weather conditions. Kensington’s Nightstand Charging Dock for iPhone is available for pre-order now and sells for $40; a release date has yet to be announced.
Klipsch has introduced its new S4i In-Ear Headset with integrated microphone and remote. Designed for use with the iPhone 3GS, third-generation iPod shuffle, second-generation iPod touch, fourth-generation iPod nano, and iPod classic 120GB, the S4i features a slightly tweaked version of Apple’s three-button in-line microphone and remote system at the yoke where the left and right earbud cables converge for a more natural feel when answering calls and controlling music. Other features include the company’s exclusive oval ear tips, 8.5mm drivers with controlled damping, a piano black finish with chrome accents, and included fit kit, cleaning tool, clothing clip, and carrying pouch. Klipsch’s S4i In-Ear Headset will be available in August and will sell for $100.
CellShields is now offering its Hard Case Cover Skin for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The plastic case provides access to all ports and controls, and notably features an Apple logo—which also functions as a snap point for the two-piece design—in the center of the back. Available in a variety of two-tone color combinations, CellShields’ Hard Case Cover Skin for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $10 for matte plastic models or $12.50 for combination matte and metallic plastic units.
Update: According to an email received by iLounge, CellShields is no longer offering the Hard Case Cover Skin.
iLounge has learned that Incase‘s current-generation Power Slider case for the iPhone 3G is no longer in production, and that the company is working on a revised model to be released in the coming months. Incase representative Rachel Quizon Maniago told iLounge that the company is sold out of its existing inventory of the Power Slider EC20009, a quietly updated version of the original Power Slider launched in November 2008 with the model number EC20003; both versions of the product remain available through some third-party retailers. According to the company, the March update “implemented some design adjustments to allow for improved sound quality during speakerphone usage and made slight adjustments to fit and function, including updates to the firmware to increase standby time/battery efficiency and improve sync functionality,” however, user comments have suggested that iPhone 3G reception suffered due to the changes. Maniago said the company hopes to have the new Power Slider ready for release “around the holiday timeframe.”
Apple has rejected an update to TapMode’s News Addict application, claiming that the developer must rate the app 17+ because it allows access to the Internet. In an email to iLounge, TapMode developer Jeff McMorris explains that the app is currently #1 in the paid app listing for the News section, and that such a mandate would potentially affect thousands of other applications in the App Store. Notably, News Addict has passed inspection two previous times with a rating of 4+, a rating which is shared with many of its competitor applications. In addition, while the app is designed to offer fast access to a variety of predetermined news sources, there is no way to even enter a URL in the application, making Apple’s “Internet access” claim largely untrue. As McMorris notes on his company’s blog, “Apple needs to rate apps based on what they actually contain not what they might be used for. This is the equivalent of putting 17+ ratings on TV sets because they have the potential to play R rated movies.” The prior version of News Addict, version 1.1, is available now from the App Store and sells for $1.
Thought Out has introduced its new PED3-TriPhone and PED3-TriPhone FORM rotating iphone tripod mounts and holders for the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS. Based on the company’s previous PED3 iPhone mounts, the TriPhone is made to attach to any standard quarter-inch tripod mount for steadier video and pictures, and allows for the rotation of the device from vertical to horizontal orientation. In addition, the TriPhone FORM will work with most iPhones while they remain in their cases or skins. Thought Out’s PED3-TriPhone and PED3-TriPhone FORM mounts and holders will be available for pre-order soon and should begin shipping by the end of the month for $28 and $32, respectively; current owners of PED3 stands can purchase the TriPhone mount separately for $12.
Factron has introduced its new Quattro case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS (Translated Link), adding the ability for owners to use different lenses on the device’s built-in camera. Made from aluminum alloy, the Quattro is a two-piece case held together by four screws that stick out from the corners of the case. It offers open access to all ports and controls, a leather pad on the back, as well as a small mounting ring over the camera onto which a variety of lenses can be attached, including close-up, fisheye, and wide-angle glass. Factron’s Quattro case is available now for the iPhone 3G, available for pre-order for the iPhone 3GS, and sells for roughly $200; the lenses range in price from $15-$55 each. [via Engadget]
Miniot has introduced its new Miniot pouch for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and second-generation iPod touch. Like the company’s iWood cases, the pouch is made in the Netherlands from a single piece of selected wood, making each one unique. Other features include a soft interior lining to prevent scratching, available monogram, message, or logo engraving, and an optional belt clip and built-in stand. The Miniot pouch will be available July; pricing has yet to be announced.
Tekkeon has introduced its new myCase line of cases for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Made from form-fitting, non-slip silicone, each myCase features a two-layer design, allowing the user to keep both layers on for a three-dimensional look, or remove the outer layer for a more traditional-looking case. Other features include access to all ports and controls, and an included myGuard screen protector. Tekkeon’s myCase for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available in eight different shades and styles and sells for $20.
PhoneSuit has announced its new Mili Pro micro video projector for the iPhone and iPod. The Mili Pro sports a unique folding design, which unpacks to form an angled dock, stand, and horizontally-aimed projector. Features include a LCOS, LED-driven 640x480 video projector, an integrated speaker, the ability to accept video via VGA or RCA inputs, as well as through the integrated 30-pin dock, a removable, rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, and an included spare battery. Compatible with all iPhone and iPod touch models, the Mili Pro will be available in September; pricing has yet to be announced.
Sena Cases has introduced three new cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Sarach Flip Case is hand-sewn from full grain Napa leather, and features openings for all ports and controls, a hidden multi-purpose pocket in the vertically-opening flap, and a magnetic fastening system—which Apple has warned against in iPhone cases. It is available in four colors and sells for $70. The Sarach LeatherSkin Case offers many of the same features as the Flip, save for the front flap and multi-purpose pocket; it also eschews the magnetic closure system for a snap closure strap. It is also available in four colors and runs $60. Finally, the Corsa Designer Case is a slim, sleeve-style leather case featuring a perforated leather strip on the front, velvet lining, speaker opening, and a pull strap for easy removal of the device. It is available in five color combinations and sells for $40.
Iasus has introduced its new 500K Series iPhone Edition Headset. Adapted from the design of standard issue FBI, CIA, and secret service earpieces, the 500K features an acoustic coil earpiece for maximum flexibility, discretion, and comfort, an acoustic earpiece, an in-line answer button designed to hand over 500,000 pushes that can both control music playback and answer calls, black or clear acoustic coil colors, multiple included earpiece styles, an included carrying case, and optional customized coils. The Iasus 500K Series iPhone Edition Headset will be available soon and is priced at $100.
WildCharge has introduced its new WildCharge Skins cases for the iPhone and iPod touch. Made from a flexible, form-fitting material, the cases feature embedded WildCharge technology, allowing the encased iPhone or iPod touch to charge wire-free when placed on WildCharger Pad or other surfaces that are compatible with the technology. While the charging capabilities require a connection to the device’s 30-pin jack, the cases allow for use of all other ports and controls, and are compatible with all generations of the iPhone and iPod touch. The WildCharge Skin for iPod touch is available to order now, while the iPhone model will be available in July; both cases are priced at $35.
Monster has announced its new line of in-car FM transmitters, chargers, and other accessories for the iPod and iPhone. Previously discovered in stores and covered on iLounge, both the iCarPlay Wireless 1000 and iCarPlay Wireless 800 are iPod- and iPhone-certified. The 1000 is powered via USB, allowing it to be used both in the car and in the home or office, and also includes AutoScan 3D automatic station finding for $100. The iCarCharger 1000 is a dock-connecting car charger that offers integrated playback controls on the charging bulb and an AUX-output cable with built-in cord management. Compatible with both iPod and iPhone, it sells for $50. The company has also introduced the iCarPlay Cassette 800 tape adapter, which sells for $20, and the iCable 800 and 1000 mini-jack cables, designed to work with car auxiliary input jacks. The cables come in lengths of 3- and 7-feet and sell for $15 and $30, respectively. Finally, the iSplitter 800 is a two-way headphone jack splitter offering individual volume and mute controls. It sells for $20. All of Monster’s new accessories are available now.